So, what do you suppose you get when you cross Resident Evil 4, Shenmue, and Twin Peaks?
The answer took the form of a game released in February of 2010; a low budget survival horror game from a small Japanese studio. Originally known as Rainy Woods in 2007, and given the name Red Seeds Profile upon release in Japan, the version of the game released in America was called Deadly Premonition. Developed by Access Games, and headed up by game director Hidetaka Suehiro (better known as SWERY), Deadly Premonition was only their second game. Their first game, Spy Fiction, was a stealth action game for the Playstation 2 released in 2004. Reviews of Spy Fiction were generally low. It seemed that the same would follow for Deadly Premonition, with one of the first reviews (from IGN) giving it a 2.0. However, a number of positive reviews followed, and the game started to gain attention from the wildly divergent scores it was getting.
The reason for the divergent scores is fairly clear once the game has been played through. The gameplay feels like something one would find in a last generation game, something like Resident Evil 4, but stiffer and bit awkward. The story may not appeal to those looking for a straight-laced murder mystery, as their is a lot of odd humor that probably won't be for everyone. The graphics look like they'd be entirely possible on an original XBox (720p aside). Add these things up together, and you have a package that many people dismiss at first glance.
Original Archived Let's Play available at the Let's Play Archive
February 1, 2016
Lucky Object: [Super Great Fence]
This LP deserves all its recommendations and praise. Supergreatfriend's commentary remains entertaining throughout the game, and his solution for keeping the revisited combat area scenes interesting is clever. Very enjoyable run.